Cross Country

Cross Country

Ask Head Coach Joe Bisignano to explain the run of success by The Northwest School cross country team and the first thing he will do is ask, “What do you mean by success?”

Maybe you mean the 100 students, fast and not-so-fast, who participate in cross country here year after year. Perhaps you are curious about the 12 Emerald City League championships between our boys’ and girls’ programs in the past nine seasons. Or the four-year run of state appearances by the boys team and the fact that the girls are two-time 1A State champions in 2015 and 2016 and, in 2016, were voted by coaches to be the best 1A school team in the nation. Or maybe it is our coaches being voted Coaches of the Year in the past six years for the girls and three of the past five years for the boys.

Finally, perhaps you want to chat about the success of two Foot Locker finalists and Gatorade Athletes of the Year coming from the same small school.

Whichever definition of success you are looking for, the answer from Joe will be the same:

“We tap into two primal needs that are true for every young athlete: one, to be part of something that matters – our cross country team is a place where a shared sense of purpose is palpable; and two, the desire to find a way to dig deep enough to learn what they have inside themselves, how hard they can work, how far or fast they can run. I give all the credit to the athletes themselves. They create a sense of family and a culture that makes everyone want to show up and run hard.”

For any questions regarding the program, please contact varsity Head Coach Joe Bisignano.

Here is a partial list of where some of our athletes continue to run cross country at:

  • Graham Peet '15 - Haverford College
  • Tibebu Proctor '17 - University of Washington
  • Hazel Carr '15 - Willamette University
  • Julia Mitchell '15 - Wesleyan University
  • Lucia Rathbun '17 - Oberlin College
  • Leah McClintock-Shapiro '17 - Carleton College

Coach Joe Bisignano’s leadership of the cross country team is beyond extraordinary. His passion for the sport, celebration of kids at every level of talent and fitness, cultivation of community, and integrity set expectations that will change our students for the better, forever. His style of interaction with the team is poetic and powerful. Both of my girls have been the lucky beneficiaries of this experience year after year. It’s a "wow" of a magnitude I couldn’t have imagined in advance and will appreciate long after they graduate.

Ann Bradford

Parent, 2015